(NewsReady.com) – Adults are supposed to teach children how to behave and be kind to others. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. The New York Police Department (NYPD) recently arrested a grown man who allegedly attacked a child — and they also took the child’s father into custody.
The incident started over a disagreement on a basketball court in Brooklyn. Brian, a 13-year-old whose last name is being withheld, was playing basketball with a group of friends from their neighborhood when two brothers tried to join the game. The other kids didn’t want to play with the brothers, prompting them to go home and get their family.
A short time later, a group of people, including at least one adult, started a fight with Brian and his friends. Video footage of the incident showed a man attacking the 13-year-old. Brian fell to the ground, and the adult kicked and punched him. The child was forced to cover his head while being and one of the brothers also hit him.
Police weren’t able to locate the adult that day because he fled the scene. Two days after the incident, the adult and a group of others showed up at Brian’s house. They were armed with baseball bats and screamed anti-Asian slurs at the youngster’s family.
Family members tried to convince the violent group to leave, but a fight broke out. Police were called and arrested 24-year-old Hassan Saab. The man was armed with a scooter handle and was reportedly the person who attacked Brian on the basketball court. He is now charged with that assault, plus harassment, weapon possession, and assault for the incident at the house.
In a shocking turn of events, Saab accused Brian’s father of hitting him with a shovel, so police arrested him as well. The community was outraged by the arrest and took to the streets in protest. Hundreds of angry parents showed up at a school board meeting and demanded Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez drop the charges against the father and only charge Saab.
As of this writing, the father is still facing charges.
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